On Wednesday 22nd September we took our year 12 and 13 students to Waterside campus at Northampton University for a taster day of tours, workshops and talks. Students learnt first-hand about what it means to go to university, how they teach and how students learn.
The students were fully engaged with all activities and learnt about UCAS personal statements, leadership skills, subject offers and courses at the university. This information has given them a broader knowledge of what going to university is about and has inspired many to now reconsider their post 18 choices.
The students were ambassadors for the 6th form and were praised for their team work, attentiveness and conduct.
Mrs Owen, Director of Key Stage 5 at Rushden Academy
6th Form Health and Fitness - Rushden
Over the last 2 weeks we have had our annual visits from James and Shaun, owners of Chamber Health and Wellbeing in Northampton. As ex-military, they know all about PTSD and mental health as well as fitness.
Last week they did a presentation to share their own personal journeys from being in the Army to starting their own business and the struggles they have had along the way. They also shared ways to improve resilience, determination and mental health and to encourage out students to be proactive in reaching out if they need to. This week they worked with all year 12 and some year 13 on the physical aspects of their business through a 45 minute boot camp session. It was amazing to watch all of the students being put to the challenge and taking part as a team to enjoy physical exercise.
Mrs Owen, Director of Key Stage 5
Macmillan Coffee Morning Rushden Academy 6th Form
Last week our 6th form put on a cake sale and coffee morning to join in with the 'World's Largest Coffee Morning' to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. They did a fantastic job baking, selling and fundraising to raise awareness and much needed funds for an excellent charity. Altogether with the help of the whole school and staff they raised over £350 in cake sales, what an achievement! Well done Team Rushden! The 6th form leadership team set the school a challenge to raise over £300 and in doing so agreed to take part in an ice bucket challenge. They even managed to rope in a few members of staff too.
There is still time to donate, head to this page and feel free to join in the support.
What do I do with the resources? What is important when I am engaging with super-curricular materials? Engage in topics and ideas that interest you and you would like to study post-18.
How you engage in the resources. Don’t make endless lists of things you are interested in without engaging in content, don’t explore a huge number of ideas – focus the many facets of a subject of deep interest, focus your interests and explore the many aspects of the arguments or ideas presented, not just the popular perspective, keep notes, but not in too much detail that you will not be able to use them. Be organised.
Methods of record keeping, to help you in your super-curricular studies: • Keep lists of everything you do for your super-curricular studies. What did you read/watch/listen to? What chapters? Which references did you look at? What questions were raised? What interested you particularly?
Why? Encourages good reference habits before uni. Keeps you actively engaged. Allows you to practice what you are learning.
Practice writing about your new knowledge Applying your new ideas in writing, exploring alternative perspectives, helps to develop academic writing skills. Keep a diary of your thoughts. Set up a workbook to allow you to explore your ideas/thoughts, discussion groups. Present to each other your new learning. Discuss a chosen problem or topic
How will engaging in super-curricular studies benefit me? Prepares you for: Competitive UCAS applications for the best universities in the country, competitive applications for the top apprenticeship providers, [ersonal statement and cover-letter writing, interviews and academic writing, research skills and academic studies at degree level
If you have any questions about Super-Curricular engagement, speak to you Head of Sixth Form for advice.
Mrs Prince, Head of 6th Form at The Ferrers School
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